My first partner Summit was in Freiburg, back in 2012. Two years on, I find myself in sunny Mainz, a peaceful student town in west Germany, for yet another chance to interact with the people who are championing Jedox around the world. Let’s have a quick look at 5 lessons from the 2014 Jedox Partner Summit.
1. International Flavour
With such a broad range of partners, it is little wonder the Jedox team have expanded the User Interface languages by such a degree. I’ve met people from the world over, from my own colleague in Finland to the hotshots of Washington to the South-American contingent, who are fuelling rapidly expanding economies by bringing Jedox to their growing markets.
2. Jedox 5.1
I can’t give away too many secrets at this stage, but I’m certainly excited for the release of Jedox 5.1. It always pays to listen carefully to your customers, and Jedox have certainly taken their advice. Jedox 5.1 looks great, has a very slick feel, with some powerful new analytics functionality. There’s so much in there, they could have called it Jedox 6. And of course, there’s a few visually friendly additions too (hint: there will be colours).
3. Rapid Expansion
New partners everywhere. I feel as though I’ve only scratched the tip of the iceberg here. Question time pops up and as always, you’ve got your long-time Jedox partners (Coker Solutions, Mazepoint, etc.). But this year more than ever, you’ve got your “Hi, we’re new Jedox partners, and we’d like to congratulate…” popping up more and more. There are now more than 100 Jedox partners globally, and Jedox has grown by an average of over 40% annually over the last 3 years.
4. The Buzz
There’s a real sense of progress here. You can feel the energy in all the Jedox guys. So many young, fresh faces, and you can feel their excitement at where the company is going. Jedox’s agility is really telling, and keeping them ahead of new technology curves; their new cloud edition is a great example. We’ve always been a flexible organisation at Naked Data, and it’s great to work with a team that adapts so quickly to changing markets.
5. Hard Work Pays Off
It’s always good to see hard work recognised, and the BARC 13 results certainly reward Jedox’s constant emphasis on innovation. Jedox won recognition as a leader in 7 categories, including user recommendations, Self-Service KPIs, and Performance, implementation and self-service BI support. Earlier in the year, Jedox also took home the 2014 IT Innovation Award at the CeBIT 2014, the world’s largest information and communication technology trade fair.